The Cost of Modern Living
I have a love/hate relationship with big industry.
The current system means that we rely on coal predominantly as a means of getting power, thankfully that is shifting but without much help from the politicians.
This is a world issue. we need to stop seeing Australia as our world bc we are everything and everyone. what we do to our selves and our home we do to the world.
I am drawn to wide open spaces, i love the sounds, the feeling, the wind and sun on my skin. I also love to photograph these open spaces, but often find some closed up ones too. Fences dont keep me out for long, nor do the security signs. I am there to take photos. i dont try to photograph the worst of industry and name and shame, i dont need to, most of them do that quite well all by themselves! If the company has nothing to hide...
I look for beauty amongst the destruction, colours in the oil spills, cracked and withered land forms. Some may not agree that this is the best way forward, but i like it. i like seeing the beauty and photographing this way makes it more pallatable to the audience, and if they need a bit of honey to sweeten the spoonful, then so be it. Better than it not being seen at all.
There are other people around the world who have already walked this path, I'm doing it here, not copying, but emboldened and encouraged that people like Ed Burtyinsky have made a career from similar ventures. The town closest to my home is an industrial town, Geelong. It is slowly dying as new tech takes over from the old, and now we see a community freaking out about the future. Ford and Alcoa have long been part of the landscape here, who can miss the Alcoa plant at point Henry? it sits on a very important bit of (Ramsar listed) salt marsh, right next to the old Cheetham salt refinery. What will happen to this land? good question. At the moment i can't get in due to big fences and over zealous security guards, but i will get there eventually, even if it is to document the last piece being removed from Alcoa in 20 years time...
We need world change.
Be the change you want in your community.
Keywords: australia, beauty, brown coal, chaos, coal, earth, electricity, energy, environment, fossil fuel, industrial decay, industry, mining, non renewable resources, power, renewable resources, technology, timhenshallphotography
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